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Republicans Want to Mandate a Vote on the Iran Nuclear Deal

July 24, 2014 A group of Republican senators wants to require President Obama to come to Congress for approval on any nuclear deal with Iran. Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida, John McCain of Arizona, and James Risch of Idaho announced late Wednesday a plan ...

Why Congress Is the Biggest Obstacle to Stopping the Next Terrorist Attack

July 23, 2014 The committee established by Congress to advise the government on how to prevent another 9/11-scale attack recommended in its 2004 report that Congress get out of the way of the Department of Homeland Security and let its leaders do their job. A decade later, that still hasn't happened. The Department ...

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Senators Will Play Nice if Chalabi Is Picked to Lead Iraq

July 9, 2014 Senate Republicans and Democrats express a common sentiment when asked what they think of Ahmad Chalabi. "Not much, but it's not my decision," said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. "I wouldn't buy a car from him," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Chalabi, 69, has been named ...

Former Bush Advisers Push Old Candidate Chalabi for New Iraq

July 8, 2014 Despite some troubling episodes over the past decade, at least two top advisers to President George W. Bush think Ahmad Chalabi could be the one to save Iraq. Chalabi, 69, is also the one credited with giving the Bush administration tenuous justification for invading Iraq, delivering false intelligence that then-Iraqi ...

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Republicans Warn Obama Doesn't Have Two Weeks to Mull Iraq

June 26, 2014 The Senate has one foot out the door for the Fourth of July holiday week, and Republican hawks are warning that by the time they get back, it could be too late for Iraq. "By the time we get back it may be a done deal," said Sen. Lindsey Graham ...

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The Difficult Reintegration of American POW Bowe Bergdahl

June 20, 2014 In 1973, Lt. Cmdr. John McCain published a first-person account of his more than five years in captivity in Vietnam. "As far as this business of solitary confinement goes," McCain wrote in U.S. News & World Report, "the most important thing for survival is communication with someone, even if it's ...

Iraq Vets in Congress Helplessly Watch Their Gains Lost

June 12, 2014 Americans are tired of war. For the 17 members of Congress who served in Iraq, that means watching helplessly as the cities they fought for fall once more to extremists. Militants believed to be associated with al-Qaida overtook Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, on Tuesday. The group then seized ...

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Should the Government Force Food-Stamp Users to Eat Better?

June 2, 2014 Food-stamp users would be much healthier if they were forbidden to spend federal dollars on soda, but subsidizing part of the cost of their fruits and vegetables would not have a significant impact on obesity and diabetes, according to a new report from Stanford University. The Stanford researchers are the ...

Paper Medical Records Are Vanishing Into the Cloud

May 20, 2014 Scores of filing cabinets containing thousands of patient medical records are disappearing into the cloud. Use of electronic health records systems in doctors' offices has doubled in recent years, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, 72 percent of office-based ...

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Should the Government Slap Tobacco-Style Regulations on Fatty Foods?

May 19, 2014 If the government wants to make progress in lowering obesity rates, it needs to start regulating fatty foods much the way it does tobacco. That's the recommendation from a pair of international health organizations pushing policies it says would answer the obesity epidemic. Specifically, the groups recommend that the government ...